Coach was a very outstanding and inspirational person in my life and I thought of him and his guidance often over the years. Because of other factors at the time I did not play for Coach but his recruiting speech and guidance were overwhelming and for years and years thereafter I sure wish I would have made the other decision.
Coach Lauterbur recruited me to join the Long Gray in 1958 and my son followed in 1983. Coach Lauterbur's name is mentioned often in our family history discussions. Coach pushed you hard and was good at convincing you that you could always do better. He was admired by many. His family is in our prayers. May he rest in peace.
Coach Lauterbur played a huge role in my life. He gave me the opportunity to play football with a great group of guys and a great group of asst. coaches. I will always appreciate the recruting speech he gave me "Stay in Toledo with all of these Toledo guys." There was never a better group. Thanks Coach and God Bless You. Don Wyper
Coach Lauterbur was not only a terrific coach, but also a great friend. I owe so much to him for my success and play for the 1958 undefeated Army Football Team. Frank demanded perfection and 100% effort. That he carried to all of his coaching assignments. Coach Lauterbur and wife Mary were like parents away from home while I was at West Point. My fiancee and future wife was Frank and Mary's house guest during our 1959 graduation week.
With love and blessings to the Lauterbur family.
Monk and Betsy Hilliard
As a UT alumnus and Rocket fan, who never had the chance to meet Coach Frank, I can appreciate these thoughtful notes....the sign of a great man, father, husband and Coach.
My sympathy to you guys. Your Dad was an unforgettable man. He was a man of steel and velvet. I phoned him regularly (he was my coach at West Point). He was the toughest task master I ever met. He expected way more than we thought we could give.
....I think that was his secret. Tough as he was I remember as recently as a couple years ago he was reminiscing with me about Army players he recruited and he remembered countless details and would get emotional about those who had passed on. He would say "I loved those years at Army and I love you guys I coached there..." He was engaging and enthusiastic and made me feel like I was ending the conversations too soon for his liking.
We also talked about your Mom, about the Lord and His mercy and about the
principles of character building.
May the Lord bless and comfort you and fill you with pleasant memories!
Frank X Lauterbur was a great coach and and a close friend. While i have not seen him often in recent years, he has always been present in my mind and heart. I will always remember him as one of my two army coaches who were largely responsible for my development as i moved from the bottom of the line-up ladder to the top. Our Army team in 1958 was third in the nation in total defense, allowing 182 yards per game. Frank's defensive strategy had a lot to do with that. In fact, his defensive strategies were were implemented in many schools throughout the country. This is a sad day for me and my wife, barbara. we remember your mom and dad fondly and you are in our thoughts and prayers. Peace.
I spent three years on the staff at the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1958,59, and 60 as the offensive line coach and Frank was the defensive line coach. In 1958 the year of the famous "Lonesome End" offense and the "Monster and Chuckles" defense is still the last undefeated Army team. Frank was an outstanding coach and instrumental in developing our defense that was ranked third nationally that year. Frank was my first passenger after I learned to fly after coaching when we lived in Waterville. Even at that time he was fearless. Frank came to stay with Sandy and me in Dayton and we flew up to West Point for the 50th reunion of that famous 1958 team in 2008. What fond memories we have of Frank and too few times together. He will be greatly missed. God bless and our sympathy to the family.
I fondly recall our friendship at Rogers High School and your father's friendliness and honesty. I also followed the team those and later years and loved the pride he brought to the city and the program. You are in my thoughts, along with your whole family as you mourn the passing of a truly great person.
Coach Lauterbur recruited me to play at West Point. H e was way ahead of his time in defensive schemes, having the Army team with a weak offense competitive in all of our games. The coach was as affable off the field as he was tough on the field. I will always be beholden to him for what he did for me.
Your dad was just the nicest guy. When I was at Ohio State as a football manager, he would take me to McDonald's before practice. He never asked me any inside skinny on players. I could tell he knew who was good enough to play in the NFL.
I loved talking to him and hearing him talk about Jack Lambert on the plane ride back to California. Your dad told him he had a great year, and it was unfortunate he wouldnt play in the Super Bowl. Jack Lambert looked at him and said "Like hell I won't play."
I now live in Iowa and met one of his star running backs that went on to play for the Denver Broncos.
Many people in the coaching business thought of your dad as one of the smartest coaches in the profession and also extermely loyal!!
I also enjoyed his stories about the NFL of the 50's and 60's and working for Weeb Uebank.
He was just great to talk to!!!!
to his children I want you to know I had the opportunity to be an athletic trainer with your dad while at the University of Iowa he work so very hard and put it in so much to be successful as he was at Toledo you have to be very very proud of him my sympathies are with all of you
Back in the mid-2000's I met Frank at a house party held at the home of Cathy and Jim Flynn. Several fellows gathered together and talked sports. Frank and I were the only two guys who joined a huge circle of chairs gathered around a table, all women. I was so impressed the way Frank talked so lovingly about his wife. We traded comments throughout the evening with the ladies. Memorable evening, a couple guys involved in athletics (I was a former Rocket basketball player) enjoying the company of such an interesting array of ladies. My friend Dick Strahm spoke so well of Frank. Dick was Frank's defensive coordinator and had a wonderful career, often referring to Frank and thanking him for his great help. Frank will remain an institution at UT and I am so glad I met him that one evening and got to know him. God bless Frank!
Fran, Mary, Carol and Frank, I remember your dad so well from our days at Gesu. I remember his kindness when we would go to your house after school. I reminded him of that when I saw him last winter. He was a great man and raised a great family both in you and at UT. Our prayers are with you all.
We will miss you Coach! Our deepest sympathy's for your family.